If I was to leave his stall door open all day he'd stay in there unless I coaxed him out with food.
He will wrinkle his nose in a snarl when I hug him or kiss him and turn his head away but the moment I try to leave he perks his ears and takes a step closer, planting his face in front of mine again, almost like he was embarrassed but still likes attention.
When he spooks at something, he'll snort at it and shake his head in shock. He'll then step closer to it and if it does the same thing he'll repeat the process like, "Omg I wasn't expecting it to do it again!"
If I give him the rubbery handle of the lunge whip he'll take it in his mouth and carry it around until it touches the ground and scares him.
He is extremely protective of me. I'm his alpha mare and only his. He has put himself between my boyfriend and I, and chased off the other horses if they got too close. However if I tell him to knock it off he gives me a solemn look and walks off to a corner, glancing back now and then to see if I'm still mad.
If I say his name he looks at me, if I put out my hand he will lick it, and if touch his butt he'll stop for me to put his leadline on.
He knows work isn't over until I say okay
He is afraid of everything that isn't dangerous. Like a leaf blowing in the wind, but isn't afraid of power tools or water.
He "talks" back on a regular basis. This is his constant lip moving. His bottom lip is always going, no matter what he is doing. Even if he is just standing out in the paddock with the other horses, he is "talking" constantly. This of course lead me to think he had some issue, but nope it is a personality thing.
If anyone else rides him, he is pokey. He'll either not move or move out but not much. With me he takes little to no motivation, and we work on a similar wavelength. Had a trainer ride him once, despite her doing the exact same things as I did, he being stubborn and head strong. She hopped off and I got on, and he proceeded to do exactly what she was asking when I asked.
He HAS to poop in the same spot in his stall and in the paddock, we call it the poop mountain and he MUST pee in his stall. He will NOT pee with a saddle on. If he is kept out of his stall for too long between pees, he'll pee a bit, walk away, pee a bit more, walk away, etc.
If he sees a camera, he poses. My boyfriend started taking photos with his phone, and now when Ransom sees a phone he'll pose for a photo.
If you have anything that looks interesting, he MUST see it.
He is not what I'd consider "sure footed" and his trail attention is that of a knat. He prefers to watch the trees off to the side of him then the trail. You never know when those horse eating tiny woodland creatures will come out for his blood. (aka the enemy is a chipmunk or squirrel)
If he has a choice between apples and carrots it is always carrots.
If I'm riding him bareback, and I want to take a break, I can lay across his topline and he'll stand there all day, but if I'm saddled and want to take a rest, he'll stand there for about 10 minutes before having to take a step.
When he grazes, he grazes with the least possible movement, preferring to eat down all the grass around him before taking a step forward.
He has a tiny wart on his one nostril.
Every night when he is put away, he goes in his stall and stands with his butt to me. I have to poke his thigh for him to turn around so I can take off his halter.
But I think my favorite is, when we play, he'll snort, fart, buck, and have a great time but always stops to make sure I'm still playing. If, for whatever reason, I stop the game, he'll come over and sniff me and huff. But the moment I start to play the game again, he is off in his goofy manner. He loves to toss his head around and flick his inside ear to me. And if I do something strange (I love to just flop to the ground) he'll look shocked and shake his head and then proceed to nudge me with his nose to insure I'm still alive.
Here is a photo: